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#1 Dark Star

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:55 AM

Does anyone know if snowmobile coolant is formulated diffently than that used in an automobile or is simply packaging to get us to pay more for less? :huh:

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:40 AM

I believe it is different. I think automotive coolant is more "abrasive" on the internal parts.

Another thing...how much more does it cost for sled coolant? Peace of mind is worth the extra cost.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:52 AM

I have used Prestone in my sleds and my street bike. It meets the specs in my service manuals, and I have not experienced any degradation of peace of mind after doing so.
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I don't by the 50-50 pre-mix though. Yamaha recommends a 60-40 mix, so I buy distilled water and mix it myself.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:02 PM

It meets the specs in my service manuals


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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

I have used Prestone in my sleds and my street bike. It meets the specs in my service manuals, and I have not experienced any degradation of peace of mind after doing so.
:drinks:

I don't by the 50-50 pre-mix though. Yamaha recommends a 60-40 mix, so I buy distilled water and mix it myself.
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You can run additives along with it too. I run Royal Purple Purple Ice with my daughters sled and it dropped the engine operating temperature about ten degrees.

Edited by RayC, 10 January 2012 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2012 - 01:23 PM

I've always used regular antifreeze and mixed it 50/50 no problem

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:04 PM

I have used Prestone in my sleds and my street bike. It meets the specs in my service manuals, and I have not experienced any degradation of peace of mind after doing so.
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I don't by the 50-50 pre-mix though. Yamaha recommends a 60-40 mix, so I buy distilled water and mix it myself.
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Yep, Prestone is essentially the same stuff. As OF-2 said, it meets all the specs! :good:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:08 AM

Just be aware that a 50/50 mix is good for -30 temp range. The 60/40 mix as recommended is more suitable for the extreme cold sometimes found up north. Mix well before adding to the machine.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:42 AM

I believe it is different. I think automotive coolant is more "abrasive" on the internal parts.

Another thing...how much more does it cost for sled coolant? Peace of mind is worth the extra cost.


Agreed that piece of mind is worth the $. I'm looking for a plan b. As if I were in a pinch could I use auto coolant. It reminds me of when I bought my first sled and needed oil on the trail. the guy at the gas station had non brand name 2 stroke oil. I said I was hoping for AC oil. He said don't worry about it. Sooner or later we all put the off brand into our machines.

Thanks everyone for the replies. Let's hope OVP's next post will be about an 8" snow dump this week! :fluffy:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:44 AM

I believe it is different. I think automotive coolant is more "abrasive" on the internal parts.

Another thing...how much more does it cost for sled coolant? Peace of mind is worth the extra cost.

Agreed about the piece of mind for the $. I'm looking for a plan b if I had to kind of situation.

It reminds me off when I bought my first sled and needed oil on the trail. I wanted AC oil and the guy at the gas station only had off brand 2 stroke. He said don't worry about it. Sooner or later we all put this stuff in our machines. It was good advice.

Thanks for the replies. Let's hope OVR's next post is about an 8" snow dump this week. :fluffy: :shovel:



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